My Art, My Way Forum

Practice, Promotion and Self-advocacy 

A free one day professional development forum for artists with disabilities, arts workers and representatives from relevant sector agencies.
Where artists had the chance to:
Held on 24th May 2016 with funds by Accessible Arts NSW
Held at and supported by Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
782 Kingsway, Gymea, Sydney 

Details, videos of proceedings, transcripts and useful resources and links below:

Keynote address: Gaele Sobbot, Published author and arts and disability advocate

MyArtMyWay Forum transcription – Anne Kwasner opening & Gaele Sobott keynote address

Sessions 1: Creating an Audience

  * Who do I want to share my art with and how can I do this?

  * Who can I connect with and how can I do this?

MyArtMyWay Forum transcription – Session 1 Creating An Audience

Sessions 2: My money or yours 

 * How can I use what I already have to development my arts practice?

  * How can I attract financial support/funding to develop my arts practice?

My Art My Way Forum transcription – Session 2: My Money Or Your

* Breakout Session: Creating An Audience

My Art My Way Forum transcription – Breakout Session: Creating An Audience


Useful Links – Arts and Disability Resources List

This list has been created as a resource to support the aim of the ‘MY ART, MY WAY forum to explore, discuss and develop recommendations to assist artists with disability to create networks and lead their own art making careers. It includes links to websites that artists with disability, arts workers and representatives from relevant sector agencies may find useful.

My Art, My Career 

NSW Peak Body for Arts and Disability

  • Accessible Arts (AArts) is the NSW peak body for arts and disability. The Artist Resource forms part of the Arts Development arm of Accessible Arts. It is an online platform for artists to access professional development information, networks and pathways.

The resource is divided by art form and currently includes fact sheets, links to existing resources and artist interviews. The fact sheets inform and guide artists to develop aspects of their own artistic careers. Artist interviews are included to demonstrate career pathways from the perspectives of artists with disability.

Artists Rights

  • Raw Law is a resource that aims to provide accessible legal information for people who experience major barriers to participating in the arts. Raw Law Arts Law Centre of Australia and Arts Access Victoria
  • Arts Law is Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts. It provides free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources to Australian artists and arts organisations across all art forms, on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters.
  • The Australian Copyright Council provides easily accessible and affordable practical, user-friendly information, legal advice, education and forums on Australian copyright law for content creators and consumers.

Visual Arts

  • National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is a national advocacy body for visual artists, arts workers and those engaged with the sector. Resources include artist profiles course, toolkits for professional practice and resources for best practice.
  • Supported Studio Network (SSN) aims to be a national framework for visual art studios that support the professional development of artists with disability.


  • Ausdance NSW is the peak body for dance. Their focus spans all fields of professional development, regional and community involvement, education and social inclusion.
  • Murmuration is an integrated performance company. Based at Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville, their annual program is made up of inclusive dance theatre workshops, community events and public performances.


  • Theatre Network NSW (TNN) is the peak agency for theatre in NSW that that works in partnership with similar organisations to lead, strengthen and support the professional theatre industry by building capacity in the small-to-medium and independent sectors, and connecting and working with the major companies.


  • Music NSW is the Peak Body for Contemporary Music in NSW. They are a not for profit Industry Association set up to represent, promote and develop the contemporary music industry in New South Wales, Australia, in addition to managing a number of Music Development projects.
  • Australian Music Centre (AMC) is a national service organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of both the art form of music and the creators and performers of contemporary classical, improvised jazz, experimental music and sound art in Australia.

Creative Writing

  • NSW Writer’s Centre offers literary resources and professional information to establish aspiring writers of all kinds.
  • Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is a professional association for Australia’s literary creators. It promotes and protects the rights of Australia’s writers and illustrators.
  • Playwriting Australia is the national organisation working with playwrights and theatre artists from all backgrounds and at all levels of their careers.

Regional NSW

  • Regional Arts NSW is the peak body and service agency for arts and cultural development in regional NSW.

Project Funding 

  • Accessible Arts (AArts) has occasional grants for projects produced by artists, arts workers and arts and disability organisations.
  • Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. The Australia Council for the Arts currently have a grants program for artists with disability. Australia Council for the Arts
  • Clubs NSW have a annual grants program in most NSW local government areas.
  • Arts NSW is the NSW Government’s arts and culture policy and development body.

Arts NSW offers direct funding to artists, organisations and arts workers through the Arts and Cultural Development Program. The program funds everything from multiyear programs and projects to professional development, and across theatre, dance, visual arts and more.

  • Communitybuilders NSW is an online resource that provides information and support available to community groups from government and other sources. The website aims to promote best practice in engaging, building and strengthening NSW communities.


My Support, Skills, Choice & Voice

My Support

  • The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is an independent statutory agency. Their role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Their priority is to ensure people with a significant and permanent disability continue to get the support they need.

Reasonable and Necessary is a participatory arts project to provide people with disability that are eligible for the NDIS the encouragement they need to confidently undertake NDIS planning Step 1 – ‘Think about your needs and goals’

My Skills

  • NSW Ageing Disability Home Care (ADHC) has developed a webpage on Supported Decision Making (SDM). SDM is a process of assisting a person with disability to make their own decisions, so they can develop and pursue their own goals, make choices about their life and exercise some control over the things that are important to them.
  • National Disability Services (NDS) is Australia’s peak body for non-government disability service organisations. The NDS website provides current news on the NDIS roll out, policy, resources, events and training for disability services providers as well as people with a disability and their carers.

My Choice

  • My Choice Matters works with people with disability and their families to live life their way and get the most out of the changing disability system. Their goal is to help people with a disability learn and practice new ways of doing things and develop and grow their skills in Choice, Voice and Control. The My Choice Matters website is designed for all people with disability and has a wide range of useful resources.

My Voice

  • The NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID) works with and for people with intellectual disability to speak up about the big issues and to change things for the better.
  • People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability. Their aim is to provide people with disability with a voice of their own.
  • Advocacy for Inclusion provides independent individual, self and systemic advocacy for people with disabilities. The Advocacy for Inclusion website had a range of resources for people with a disability including a Self-Advocacy Kit and the world’s first Supported Decision Making App to guide people through a decision making process and helps them to become confident in making their decisions. – The App is now in the App store:
  • NSW Ombudsman is the independent and impartial watchdog for community and disability services in NSW. They promote and protect the rights and best interests of people using disability and community services in NSW by handling and resolving complaints about these services, and by monitoring and reviewing how these services are delivered.


Supported Studio Network